Monday, June 22, 2015

Triple Chip Cookies and Ice Cream-MMMmmm Monday

My family attended a gathering where cookies and ice cream were the main attraction.  There were many scrumptious cookies to choose from and this was one of the favorites!  

The baker gave us permission to share her recipe...lucky you!


Heidi's Triple Chip Cookies

1 lb. butter (softened), 1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar, 2 cups white sugar.  Cream together for 10 minutes....no shortcuts!  

Add 3 eggs and 2 tbsp. vanilla.  Cream mixture for 3 more minutes. Mix dry ingredients: scant 6 cups flour, 1 1/2 tsp salt, 1 1/2 tsp baking soda.  Mix into wet ingredients.  

Add a heaping cup of each: milk/semisweet/white choc chips.  Scoop with large cookie scoop. Sprinkle with just a bit of sea salt. Bake for 13 min at 350.  

When removing them from oven "drop" the cookie sheet on the counter to crackle them. 
Makes about 5 dozen. 


This recipe makes a HUGE amount of cookie dough so use your heavy duty mixer or cut the recipe in half.  And follow the directions exactly!  Mixing for 10 min. seemed unreal to me but it really does make a difference.  And the "dropping" to crackle is fun to watch.


This is the kind of cookie that is crunchy on the outside (probably due to all the butter!) and soft in the middle with the three chip goodness.  I might even try and add some nuts next time.  Macadamia?  Walnuts?  Delightful.


I whipped up a batch of these cookies at home and decided that we'd better not try and eat them all.  We decided that sharing with our Scout leaders would be a good thing.  They had just returned home (with my son) from a high adventure trip.  My son had a little battle with a hatchet and he lost.  His leaders were kind enough to take good care of him and return him home in one piece!  
They deserve a big thank you.



By the way...the ice cream at the party was served in a fun and clever way.  Jen had purchased cups with lids (Smart and Final) and the night before the party she scooped ice cream into the cups, covered them and then placed them into the freezer.  Just a few minutes before party time she placed the ice cream cups into an ice filled tub.  The ice cream remained solid most of the party...and it was HOT outside.  Like 100 degrees HOT.



Cookies and Ice Cream.  Great Summer treat!


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Friday, May 22, 2015

The Sisterhood of the Traveling (Personal Progress) Purse


Kate, my daughter has a very creative and talented Young Women Personal Progress leader.  She creates beautiful works of wonders to encourage the girls to set goals and then work hard to achieve them.

Amy came up with this fun "Traveling PP Purse" to allow the young women to "show off" what they have been working on.  I thought it was a great way to inspire my daughter and others to move forward, just like the purse!



Amy created the traveling purse out of an old pair of jeans.  Lots of ideas of how to do that on Pinterest.


Included in the purse are a couple of journals for recording individual progress of each young woman.  They are asked to write about the fun they are having as well as any encouragement they might have for the next person the purse travels to.


They might choose to add a little something to the purse that relates to the goal they've just accomplished.   

After two weeks the young woman passes it along to another young woman, hence the name of the traveling purse!    


Kate enjoyed participating in the traveling purse project and actually completed 2 of her own PP projects.  A success in my book!


I love leaders and teachers that inspire my children!


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Monday, May 18, 2015

Thank You Very Much!


It's that time again.  Time to say a huge THANK YOU to all those school teachers, administrators and PTA Personnel.


I had ALOT of thank yous to give so I chose a quick, fairly inexpensive way to say thanks.


99 cent basket from Hobby Lobby
Simply Lemonade (single serving size) from local grocers
Fun straws
Cello bag
Bakers Twine
and my favorite treat, 
Sweet Tooth Fairy Cake Bites (under $3.00)



I attached this tag, (which I loved).


Popped the goods in the basket and was ready to deliver my thanks!  I feel very fortunate to be able to have such great people in my life and the lives of my children.


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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Rustic Wedding Reception

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I promised pictures from my niece's "Rustic Wedding Reception".  Here ya go!



The burlap, lace and baby's-breath jars held a votive candle and created a reception pathway as the sun started to go down in the sky.



An old picnic table held scrapbook pages ready for guest well wishes.  A Honeymoon Fund Jug also adorned the table.


Cowboy Cuties served the refreshments.


Well used luggage and a wooden cart held the wedding gifts along with a huge THANK YOU sign.



Please leave your wishes for the new Mr. and Mrs.


Lots of hanging mason jars.


Vintage, flowering jugs with chalkboard messages were placed as centerpieces on each table.





The new Mr. and Mrs. didn't get much time to sit but their chairs were ready and waiting for a little rest.





Photos of the couple along with favorite marriage quotes were attached on a clothes pinned door.






The Photo Op spot for wedding guests ended up to be lots of fun for all!






Congratulations J + M!


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